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Ray (Augusta)

August 27, 1924 – November 11, 2018

Rose Ray
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Obituary for Rose Ray (Augusta)

Rose Augusta Ray, a loving and devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Great Great-Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, Friend and Neighbor was born on August 27, 1924 in Donaldsonville, LA to the late Arthur A ugusta and the late Pauline Guedry. She was baptized in the Catholic Church as a child and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, remaining faithful to God.
Mrs. Ray received her education from St. Augustine Elementary School and Donaldsonville High School. During a visit to New Orleans, she met the love of her life, Owen Ray, Sr. and they were married in 1945. They were married 52 years at the time of Owen Ray’s passing.
Mrs. Ray, focused on raising her five children, and intermittently worked for other New Orleans families, but eventually became the first African-American woman to work as a PBX telephone operator for D.H. Holmes Department Store, from where she ultimately retired.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Owen Ray Sr.; son, Owen Ray Jr.; parents, Arthur Augusta and Pauline Guedry; brother, Arthur Augusta; and sister, Rita Hamilton.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her beloved children: Yvette Bowens (Spurgeon Lewis); Wayne Ray Sr. (Sharon); Paulette Ray Sanders(Boris); Troy Ray Sr. (Diane); her devoted daughter-in-law, Carolyn Ray; and her loving sister Evelyn Ford; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Relatives and friends; The Elegant Ladies and The Original Dukes Social and Pleasure Clubs; Wa-Lo-Co class of 66’; William-Ross United Methodist Church; employees and former employees of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers are cordially invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church. Rev. Msgr. John Cisewski officiant. Visitation begins for 10:00 a.m. with Obituary reading and Family Reflections for 11:30 a.m. Mass will commence at Noon. Entombment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Norman Mayer Ave. New Orleans, La 70122
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First Visitation

When Saturday, November 17th, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church
2015 Louisiana Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
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Service Information

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 12:00pm
St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Church
2015 Louisiana Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115

Interment Information

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 2:00pm
Mt. Olivet Cemetery
4000 Norman Mayer
New Orleans, La.